Fidel Castro’s grandson Tony has sparked outrage on social media by living a luxurious lifestyle which is in direct contrast to the principles of the late Cuba leader’s communist ideology.
Vacations on the Maya Riviera. A visit to the Basilica of the Sacred Family in Barcelona. A brand-new BMW. Expensive meals and a tour aboard a yacht. Those are some of the photos shared by Tony Castro, grandson of the late president, on his private Instagram account.
It may seem like just another young man sharing his good times with more than 1,000 followers, but some who got a peek at the privileged lifestyle questioned who’s paying for the expensive excursions. Tony, who is in his early 20s, is only known to work as a male model.
Tony is the son of Fidel’s son Antonio Castro Soto del Valle who is a well-known Cuban baseball official and orthopaedic surgeon.
The photos, published months ago, have sparked controversy on social media after they were published by various South Florida media outlets.
“All the animals are equal, but some are more equal than others,” Pedro Pérez wrote on his Facebook page, borrowing a page from George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” book, a withering critique of totalitarian systems. The book is banned in Cuba.
Another post by José González stated: “Just like the son of Che (Guevara), whose company rents luxury motorcycles to tourists. Who pays for this?”
In Cuba, where the official average salary is barely over $30 per month, bread is rationed and coffee has 50 percent lentils to make it last longer, taking vacations abroad is totally unaffordable.